When evangelization happens in its fullness, culturally appropriate and sensitive communication is crucial. In many parts of the world, due to lack of literacy, such communication will be through artistic or imaginative expression. Music, drama, storytelling, painting, architecture, mime, puppets, crafts, festivals, movement, ritual, and on and on, are all forms of artistic expression.
Paul’s tireless efforts to spread the Gospel, his skills as a teacher, his compassion, and his inspired writings were key reasons why the early church survived and thrived.
Count (Nickolaus Ludwig) von Zinzendorf (1700-1760), the founder of the religious community of Herrnhut and the apostle of the United Brethren, was born in Dresden in1700. It is not often that noble blood and worldly wealth are allied with true piety and missionary zeal.
Patrick (c. 389- c. 461) was a famous Celtic missionary to Ireland. Patrick (or, more correctly, Patricius) was captured at the age of 16 by pirates and was sold into slavery to sheepherders in Northern Ireland.
Robert Morrison (1782-1834) was the first Protestant missionary to China. He began studying Chinese along with theology and medicine as a student in Northumbria, England. In 1807 the London Missionary Society sent him to Canton, China.
Robert Moffat (1795-1883) was a Scottish Congregationalist missionary to Africa. He was born to a poor family and spent his early years working as an estate gardener.
Henry Martyn (1781-1812) was an English missionary to India, Martyn was inspired by the work and writings of William Carey and David Brainerd.
David Livingstone (1813-1873) was a renowned missionary and explorer. He grew up in Glasgow, Scotland in a poor family. He studied on his own and was able to enter the University of Glasgow in 1830 where he earned degrees in theology and medicine.
Jonathan Goforth (1859-1936) was a Canadian Presbyterian missionary.
Alexander Duff (1806-1878) was the first missionary to India from the Church of Scotland. He established the University of Calcutta in 1830.